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Top New York attorney Steven Schwartzapfel handles all kinds of personal injury cases – slips and falls, car accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, and more. He’s fought for justice on behalf of many New Yorkers and was recently honored on Super Lawyers – an elite list of the top lawyers in the country. Now, he’s ready to pass on some of his hard-won knowledge to people in need of legal help. Here are three new resources that Steven has created to help answer common legal questions.

  • 7 Personal Injury Myths – In this article, Steven debunks the most common myths associated with getting into an accident. You will learn the most common lies told by insurance companies and misconceptions about how the claims process works.
  • Choosing the Right Lawyer – In this article, Steven gets into the nitty gritty of what makes a good lawyer for your case. You’ll learn why it’s important to avoid “personal injury factories” and get a list of 14 questions you can use right now to help determine if a firm is right for you.
  • The Claims and Litigation Process Explained – In this article, get the legal process explained to you in plain English without all of the legal mumbo jumbo. You’ll get the facts on every step of the path to justice – and some of the pitfalls that go with it.

Hopefully, these free legal resources will keep you from making the most common mistakes associated with the legal process. However, if more help is needed, or if you have questions that need to be answered, feel free to call Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 516-342-2200 to get a free consultation.

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What to Do When You Have Been Injured in a Motorcycle Accident

A motorcycle accident can change your life in an instant. Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents are not uncommon.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2006 the rate for motorcycle accidents was 72.34 accidents per every 100,000 registered motorcycles. Unfortunately, in most instances the driver of a motor vehicle will walk away from the accident, while the motorcyclist will suffer serious injuries.

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to take the following steps:

Get Medical Attention as Soon as Possible. This is important even if you aren’t sure you are badly hurt.

Do Not Volunteer Information. It is important to not admit fault or divulge any unnecessary information to law enforcement or insurance adjusters.

Obtain Written Statements from Witnesses. Gather written statements and contact information from any witnesses.

Obtain a Copy of the Police Report. The police report is usually available 7 to 14 days after the accident. The police officer at the accident scene will provide you a report number so you can obtain a copy later.

Track of all Costs Associated with the Accident. Include all medical expenses, missed time from work, medications and physical therapy.

Contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. It is important to take prompt action, as evidence can disappear quickly. With over 150 years of experience, we have helped thousands of people recover compensation for their injuries. We will Fight For You!

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FDA Warns to Beware of Fake Flu Remedies

Flu season is in high gear, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent out a warning to all consumers to beware of any product that claims to treat, prevent or cure the flu.

These products can be found in both retail and online stores, and can be packaged as teas, supplements or devices. It is important to remember that these types of products have not been tested or approved by the FDA.

Gary Coody, R.Ph., the FDA’s national health care fraud coordinator, said that “as any health threat emerges, fraudulent products appear almost overnight. Right now, so called “alternatives” to the flu vaccines are big with scammers.” The FDA added, there is no reason to buy a flu vaccine alternative, when the vaccine is still readily available.

It is important for consumers to be aware that there are no over-the-counter drugs that can effectively prevent or treat the flu. There are however, over-the-counter drugs that can be used to treat the symptoms of the flu, such as fever and congestion.

There are two drugs that may be obtained by prescription to help lessen the duration of the flu, and possibly prevent it; they are Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir).

The FDA stresses that the best way to prevent the flu is it get vaccinated every flu season.


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Super Lawyers Honors Steven Schwartzapfel for 5th Consecutive Year

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is proud to announce that Steven Schwartzapfel has been chosen as a Super Lawyer for the 5th consecutive year.

Super Lawyers is a rating service that assesses lawyers throughout the United States, and in 70 practice areas. Their selection process includes a combination of independent research, peer assessment and peer recognition.

Steven Schwartzapfel is the founding member of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. He has been a member, director and past President of the New York Trial Lawyers Association, and currently serves as the Director Emeritus. He is the founding member, Director and First President of the Offices of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers. He also serves on the Committee of Professional Discipline and has served on Judicial Screening Committees for the Supreme Court, Appellate Division as well as the New York Court of Appeals.

About Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C.

Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is one of the most well respected personal injury firms in the New York. The firm prides itself on helping clients receive the compensation and benefits they deserve. Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. handles thousands of cases annually, and boasts a 98% success rate.

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Getting Your Car Ready for Bad Weather

by Michael Reiner, Esq.

With all this devastating weather we have faced recently on the East Coast, it is best to have your car ready ahead of time so that you are best prepared to deal with the aftermath of such challenges.  Before a storm approaches, fill your gas tank and have your cell phone fully charged.  Should your area lose power, this will ensure  you can either call for help or drive to a safer area.

Warn tires can also be dangerous on slick roads.  Make sure to check your tread and tire pressure before the storm hits.  You also want to make sure your windshield wiper blades are in good working order.  It is also worth checking your headlights to make sure they are working properly.

Lastly, it is recommended that your car be equipped with an emergency kit which should include a first-aid kit, reflective hazard triangle or flares, tire pressure gauge, flashlight, gloves, cash, and a blanket.  Also make sure your car is equipped with a tire jack.

These are just some tips to prepare you and your vehicle for the bad weather we have been facing lately.

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Stay Alert on the Roads – It Is Deer Collision Season

By Brian Murphy, Esq.

Drivers should keep their eyes peeled this fall and winter.  The IIHS recently wrote about a report from the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) demonstrating that from 2006 – 2011, the months of October through January were by far the most active when it comes to automobile-deer collisions and related insurance claims.

The vast majority of those collisions and claims involve deer.  Why deer?  Well, deer mating season takes place during the fall and winter, so bucks tend to roam more during those months than any other months.

To read more about automobile-deer collisions and see which states have the highest animal strike rates, click here.

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Motorcycle Insurance

By Brian Montalto

Motorcycle insurance primary use is to provide financial protection against physical damage and/or bodily injury resulting from traffic collisions and against liability that could also arise from.

The specific terms of vehicle insurance vary with legal regulations in each region. To a lesser degree vehicle insurance may additionally offer financial protection against theft of the vehicle and possibly damage to the vehicle, sustained from things other than traffic collisions.Motorcycle insurance however, does not cover you for medical expenses in the state of New York.

So keep this in mind should you get into an accident and sustain injuries. It may be a good idea to have private health insurance.

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from everyone at Schwartzapfel Lawyers.

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SSD – Drugs and Alcohol

It is very common for individuals suffering from severe psychiatric disabilities to also have problems with drugs and alcohol.  Before discussing the ways this impacts on a Social Security Disability case, let us first say that if this describes someone you care about, please do everything possible to get them in treatment – it could save their lives.

Drugs and Alcohol addiction can make it difficult to be found disabled, but it doesn’t necessarily prevent it.  It’s a conversation you need to have with your treating doctor.  He may be able to recommend treatment, or even medication that can help.  He or she can also write a letter to the Social Security Administration discussing the materiality of your addiction  and opining that the psychiatric illness is, in fact, the cause thereof.

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Holiday Season Drunk Driving Crackdown

By Matthew Connolly, Esq.

US Secretary of Transportation announced last week that law enforcement throughout the country will be cracking down on drunk drivers this holiday season. Secretary Ray LaHood stated that “the holiday season can be an especially dangerous time on our nation’s roadways due to drunk drivers – that’s why law enforcement officers will be out in full force. Our message is simple: drive sober or get pulled over.” The holiday drunk driving initiative will be supported by ads on both radio and television. The National Highway Traffic Safety administration on their site also offers these safety tips:

  • Plan ahead. If you will be drinking, do not drive. Designate a sober driver or arrange another safe way home.
  • If you are impaired, find another way home. Use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, use public transportation or contact your local sober ride program.
  • Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life, and inaction could cost a life.

For the full article, see here

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